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Future GOTY?: Play Upcoming Open-World RPG For Free on PC

Stephen is a former dinner theater actor, humilitarian, unemployed mascot and general home cuisine meth lab technician.


What is Wartales?

Wartales is an open-world, party-based RPG.

The combat is turn-based, there's crafting, material gathering and all of the things you've come to expect from an open world game.

That could describe a lot of RPGs.

However, moving through the world feels like Mount and Blade, and this pleases me. The art looks like a tastefully drawn map and not a cartoon for toddlers.

"Painterly", but in an actually artful way and not the way game developers use that word.

And it's an alpha build, so I won't get upset that you can't sleep in the inn yet and have to rest your party in a burlap tent in the middle of town outside of the inn. The bit of music that there is seems pretty good, but minimal music with road sound and wildlife noises would complete the aesthetic for me, so I hope that's where 1.0 lands us.

But from what I've seen so far, I feel confident we'll land somewhere good.

Exploring is pretty fun in Wartales, though I couldn't buy wood there yet. The only reason people mill that much lumber is to sell lumber. Additionally, the mountain encampment should sell leather and meat and the farm better have food.

Combat feels good, and if they throw in some terrain and elevation variation, could become very complex and rewarding from a tactical standpoint.

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You'll Die Sometimes

The Dark Ages are a pretty dangerous time to be alive, and that means that occasionally you won't be.

I can imagine that the baddies have managed to make it their whole lives without being killed because sometimes I get demolished.

Shame on me.

Maybe you should play instead. Good news, because..

It's Free to Play the Demo!


Try Wartales Free on PC!

  • Wartales on Steam
    Wartales is an open world RPG in which you lead a group of mercenaries in their search for wealth across a massive medieval universe. Explore the world, recruit companions, collect bounties and unravel the secrets of the tombs of the ancients!

This Doesn't Suck At All!

Next Fest is pretty exciting.

I've already buried myself in demos just like in the olden days when I got a demo disk with Diablo and Mech Warrior on it. I remember my friend and I had a demo disc we got from Pizza Hut with Parappa the Rappa, Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Jet Moto and we played them all to death.

Eventually, we bought pretty much all of those games.

Demos rule. Steam provides demos. Thus, by the transitive property we know that...

Valve is good people. Enjoy Next Fest and becoming the mercenary your guidance counselor always told you you should be!

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